Cold invading the Stomach

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Pattern factsheet

Chinese name: 胃寒恶阻

Pinyin name: Wèi Hán È Zǔ

Associated TCM concepts: Cold evil Stomach

Diagnosis

Common symptoms: Nausea Cold limbs Feeling of cold Severe epigastric pain Vomiting of clear fluids and two other symptoms

Pulse type(s): Deep (Chen), Slow (Chi), Tight (Jin)

Tongue description: Thick white coating

Pathogenic Cold blocks the Stomach and prevents Stomach-Qi from descending, hence the vomiting and the pain.

Cold impairs the Yang of the Stomach and Spleen and prevents the food essences from reaching the body, hence the feeling of cold, the Slow pulse, the preference for warm liquids and aggravation from cold liquids.

As Cold injures Yang, if this situation persists, the Stomach will suffer from Empty-Cold and Yang deficiency. Therefore the present pattern of Cold invading the Stomach may lead to the pattern "Stomach Deficient and Cold".

Diagnosing Cold invading the Stomach

The Stomach is a so-called "Fu" Organ. Learn more about the Stomach in Chinese Medicine

Pulse type(s): Deep (Chen), slow (Chi) or tight (Jin)

Tongue description: Thick white coating

Possible symptoms: Nausea Cold limbs Feeling of cold Severe epigastric pain Vomiting of clear fluids Preference for warm drinks and foods Feeling worse after drinking cold drinks

Diagnosing a pattern in Chinese Medicine is no easy feat and should be left to professional practitioners.

In particular one has to know how to differentiate between different types of pulses and tongue coatings, shapes and colors. Here patients with Cold invading the Stomach will tend to exhibit deep (Chen), slow (Chi) or tight (Jin) pulses.

Practitioners also learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Here patients with Cold invading the Stomach might experience symptoms like severe epigastric pain, feeling of cold, cold limbs and preference for warm drinks and foods (full list here above).

Herbal formulas used to treat Cold invading the Stomach

Liang Fu Wan

Source date: 1842 AD

Number of ingredients: 2 herbs

Key actions: Warms the Middle Burner. Dispels Cold. Promotes the movement of Qi. Alleviates Pain.

Formula summary

Liang Fu Wan is a 2-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Lesser Galangal Rhizomes (Gao Liang jiang) and Coco-Grass Rhizomes (Xiang Fu) as principal ingredients. Invented in 1842 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that promote Qi movement.

Read more about Liang Fu Wan

Most important herbs used to treat Cold invading the Stomach